Last month, my trusty but old Ricoh Caplio RR30 camera -- so old and old-fashioned looking that a couple of people who've seen it asked me whether it was a digital camera at all! -- started developing problems that caused me, the notorious shopping-phobe, to go and get myself a new camera. Touch wood, but thus far, I'm very pleased with my new Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ2 which I found on sale for a pretty reasonable price at an electronics store in Mongkok.
One reason is that, unlike my old plastic-encased camera, this new one has a metalbody that -- as I was immensely glad to find after a recent hike from hell, the end part of which involved my having to slide down the very steep side of a rocky and gravelly hill/mountain because I didn't feel able to walk down it without falling down or off it! -- allows it to withstand being bumped around a lot, etc. and thus live up to its billing of a being an ideal travel companion. For another, this camera also is outfitted with a 10x zoom along with a wide lens that allows me to zoom in and take photos from afar of such as the large and glittery metal sculpture hanging in the Hong Kong Cultural Centre that caught my eye on a recent visit to that place to take in a music theatre performance. :)